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KIEV, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s successful presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2014 will contribute to the restoration of the country’s international authority, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Friday.
According to Zurabov, Ukraine’s presidency in CIS will help the ruling party snatch political initiative. “It would be irresponsible to say that the developments in Kiev could have no impacts on the prospects of Ukraine’s presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States or on the implementation of the Russian-Ukrainian trade and economic agreements,” he said. “Russia is committed to these agreements and hopes Kiev would be able to regain stability, to move off the dangerous line having established a political dialogue.”
“It is absolutely obvious that Ukraine’s presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2014 is a prerequisite to have political initiative be passed over to the ruling party. Moreover, it is an extra possibility for a successful implementation of the agreements on economic cooperation and industrial contacts reached in late December in Moscow by the Russian and Ukrainian leaders,” Zurabov stressed. “If political stability will make it possible to realize the potential of bilateral Russian-Ukrainian relations, as well as the potential of cooperation within the Commonwealth of Independent States, it will not only promote political rehabilitation of the current authorities in the eyes of those voters who are not willing to vote for [President] Viktor Yanukovich but also will help Ukraine restore its international authority,” concluded the diplomat.